Boy­cott threat looms large over pro- In­dia politi­cians in Kash­mir

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Sri­na­gar: The spec­tre of a ‘ so­cial boy­cott’ looms large over the proIn­dia politi­cians af­ter sep­a­ratists for­mally is­sued a pub­lic warn­ing to min­is­ters, MLAs and MLCs to quit their seats or be ready to face os­traci­sa­tion in the restive Kash­mir Val­ley.

The warn­ing was is­sued on the day when joint op­po­si­tion called on Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee, urg­ing him to im­press upon the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment to ini­ti­ate a cred­i­ble, mean­ing­ful di­a­logue with no fur­ther de­lay and in­volv­ing all stake­hold­ers to ad­dress the po­lit­i­cal is­sue in the state.

Joint Re­sis­tance Lead­er­ship ( JRL), an amal­gam of Hur­riyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Gee­lani, mod­er­ate leader Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq and JKLF chair­man Mo­ham­mad Yasin Ma­lik, who are jointly su­per­vis­ing the cur­rent un­rest, is­sued a poster let­ter ask­ing proIn­dia lead­ers to join “pub­lic move­ment for azadi” be­fore it is too late.

“Dur­ing elec­tion­eer­ing you by­passed azadi move­ment and sought votes from peo­ple on the is­sues of power, wa­ter and roads. Some gullible peo­ple even voted for you. In fact, you have been us­ing it as mask to sup­port the tyran­ni­cal oc­cu­pa­tion and to hood­wink the in­ter nat i o n a l com­mu­nity,” said JRL in the poster let­ter.

JRL has asked peo­ple to put up this let­ter on ev­ery wall, post and pole around the res­i­dence of MLAs, MLCs and min­is­ters to pres­surise them to quit . .

“Be­fore your anti- peo­ple ac­tivi- ties force the masses to so­cially boy­cott you, it is bet­ter and ad­vis­able to shun your treach­ery and re­sign, and join the peo­ple who are giv­ing umpteen sac­ri­fices for the sa­cred cause,” said the JRL.

The JRL cau­tioned that the res­ig­na­tion is the only way out for the pro- In­dia politi­cians to re­deem them­selves in the so­ci­ety. “When the voices of free­dom are clearly be­ing heard in ev­ery house­hold, the signs of vic­tory are look­ing brighter. With­out wast­ing any time you should re­sign to prove your con­science is alive. Any de­lay in res­ig­na­tion from as­sem­bly will slam all doors of hon­or­able re­turn for you,” said the JRL. Sri­na­gar: A seven- year- old boy is the lat­est ca­su­alty of pel­let fire in old Sri­na­gar city on Sat­ur­day.

Ju­naid Ah­mad was in­jured when se­cu­rity forces fired pel­lets in Qalam­dan­pora area of Nawabazar in Sri­na­gar’s old city. He was im­me­di­ately rushed to the Shri Ma­haraja Hari Singh hospi­tal where doc­tors de­scribe his con­di­tion as crit­i­cal.

An el­derly cou­ple was in­jured when se­cu­rity forces fired pel­let rounds at them when they re­sisted the ar­rest of their son in Tral area of south Kash­mir.

Sources said forces had raided their house at Kamla vil­lage to ar­rest their son Shabir Ah­mad Falahi, a Ja­mat- e- Is­lami mil­i­tant, who is wanted in pro­vok­ing protests. New Delhi: Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh on Sat­ur­day re­acted sharply to for­mer Jammu and Kash­mir chief min­is­ter and Na­tional Con­fer­ence pres­i­dent Omar Ab­dul­lah’s re­mark over the on­go­ing cri­sis in the Val­ley.

“We don’t only love the land of Kash­mir, but the peo­ple too,” said Ra­j­nath. “Some peo­ple, in or­der to serve their self­ish mo­tives, are forc­ing in­no­cent chil­dren and youths of Kash­mir to pick up stones... Is this not play­ing with their fu­ture? I want to tell those hav­ing such ne­far­i­ous in­ten­tions not to en­cour­age the in­no­cents to pick up stones,” he said.

— PTI

Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee meet op­po­si­tion lead­ers from J& K in New Delhi on Sat­ur­day.

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